Kids love to be at home because they feel safe there. However, most of them love to play outside with their friends.
That’s why, when they get sick, they get frustrated. They want to go outside and play with other kids, but they have to stay at home and rest.
When that happens, you have to be their best friend. However, finding fun things to do in the house is not a simple thing to do, especially if the kid has to rest for a week.
Today we are going to show you fun things you can do with your child at home.
Read Books Together
One of the most beautiful things you can do with your kid at home is to read books together.
There are plenty of good children’s books you can find that will teach them important life lessons.
The only thing you have to do is find the best reading chair for kids like one of these, where your kid will be able to sit comfortably while reading.
That’s one of the best ways to make them love books.
Watch Good Cartoons
This may sound confusing. Are there bad cartoons? What are good cartoons?
Yes, there are bad cartoons, or at least, cartoons that are not for children.
The cartoons you should watch with your kid shouldn’t have filthy language and they should teach kids empathy and love.
There are plenty of cartoons that will teach them good life lessons, but also make their stay at home fun and beautiful.
Have An Art Class
If your kid is not in the mood for books and movies, you can have an art class at home.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. You can simply paint and draw on the floor.
Kids are very artistic beings. They learn a lot of new things every day and they want to show you what they know.
A lot of them are shy when it comes to art and that’s why you should paint and draw with them.
Show them that it’s okay to make mistakes and that their drawing doesn’t have to be perfect.
Make sure to teach them that art is the best way for them to portray the feelings they have.
Art is a love language and you should teach them how to speak.
Call or FaceTime with Grandparents
In our daily hectic lives, it’s not always easy to keep in touch with distant relatives who love us.
What better excuse do you have when your child is at home and resting to reach out and connect with their grandparents?
Your own mom or dad or in-laws would probably love even a few minutes to bring a smile to their grand kid’s face.
They can get caught up on all their current interests and activities while also offering “get well” words of encouragement.
Dust of the Family Board Games
It may be old school, but tactile games are better than being on screens all day.
What’s the battery on your iPad right now? Traditional board games can open your child’s eyes for how to have fun with mom and dad playing simple games together at a table, couch or on the floor.
Try a family favorite such as Monopoly or Sorry, or pull out something new like that Harry Potter themed version of Trouble you received for last year’s birthday, but haven’t opened up yet!
If you haven’t taught your child any card games, now’s the time. Try showing them how to play solitaire (if you don’t know, look it up together!).
Then when you need to step away for work or to get meals ready, your young one can occupy themselves with their own fun card game.
Escape to a New World with an Audio Book
If you don’t already have audio books as a go-to “calm” activity in your household, this is the time to do it!
Apps like Audible or Libby (which connects to your local library’s audio books) are great resources to look up and listen to books.
Audible has a free trial options, so if you’re new to this and not sure, you can check some books out together.
Audio books are great because the right one can be captivating for literally hours.
Your little one can rest while listening and using their imagination. It’s easy to spend one to two hours listening to a good book together.
Just find ones that are in their interest and have an entertaining reader to avoid the risk of your child getting bored.
With the ideas above, you have the chance to connect with your child while they rest up and get back to themselves.
Bonding in a loving and fun (but chill) way will go a long way to getting your kiddo feeling better sooner as well.
Who knows, maybe the next time they get sick they won’t feel as bummed about not getting outside or seeing friends.
You’ll have a new tradition with some fond memories to create and share for years to come.